Senate Earmarks $13 Million for Non-Profit Security

By JTA

Published May 24, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee earmarked $13 million in Homeland Security funds for non-profit institutions next year, $3 million more than in 2012, and increased emergency assistance for the poor.The Obama administration and Congress had cut funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program from $19 million in 2011 to $10 million this year.

In addition to approving the security funds, the committee Tuesday approved $150 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program in the fiscal year 2013 Homeland Security spending bill by a vote of 27-3. The food and shelter funding represented a hike of $30 million over last year’s spending.

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program funds allow for additional physical security measures and training for at-risk non-profit institutions, while the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds would assist Americans experiencing financial hardship and potential long-term homelessness and hunger. The food and shelter funds are administered through non-profit groups and public agencies.

Jewish groups have been allocated the bulk of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program funds since the program was launched in 2005.

Both provisions were top priorities of Jewish Federations of North America, which together with the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America has lobbied for the security funds. Additionally, Jewish Federations of North America serves on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program board with Catholic Charities USA, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way Worldwide.

“Since September 11th, nonprofits generally, and Jewish communal institutions specifically, have been victims of an alarming number of threats and attacks and we are grateful for the Senate’s continuing support of the program so millions of Americans can learn, worship and live without fear,” said William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of JFNA, in a statement. “The renewed investment in EFSP to help more families in need sleep with a roof over their heads, feed their families and keep their utilities on is also very welcome news.”

Kathy Manning, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of JFNA, added that “protecting American families in need and institutions at risk is a vital goal of Jewish Federations and we appreciate that the government understands its importance as well.”


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Is it better to have a young, fresh rabbi, or a rabbi who stays with the same congregation for a long time? What do you think?
  • Why does the leader of Israel's social protest movement now work in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset?
  • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.